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A Framework to Study the Role of Structural Transformation in Productivity Growth and Regional Convergence

Kyoji Fukao () and Saumik Paul

No 833, ADBI Working Papers from Asian Development Bank Institute

Abstract: We show that σ-convergence in regional productivity growth can be approximated by σ-convergence in sectoral productivity growth and σ-convergence in structural transformation-led productivity growth. Applying this framework to Japanese prefecture-level data from 1874 to 2008, we find support for substantial convergence effects of structural transformation in the post-WWII years.

Keywords: structural transformation; labor productivity; regional convergence; Japan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2018-04-23
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